Which region in France are you? I went to the Univ. of Grenoble (way back when), and spent as much time as possible exploring France. One of my favorite activities was shopping the farmers markets. My landlady was a chef educated at Le Cordon Bleu and taught me how to make ratatouille - except that I'm allergic to eggplant, LOL!
Farmers markets are fabulous, and it's great to see that there are more cropping up (sorry for the pun) across the USA. Our local ones are on Saturdays, and we now have a market that sells locally grown produce and other local "artisan" foods on a daily basis.
We try to buy local, as much as possible, but also have the advantage of buying seasonal produce from across the country. We get so excited when Rainier cherries from Washington are available (usually Jun-Jul), or when champagne grapes arrive (now). We love just about any kind of squash, and can get most varieties all year, because they're shipped from South America or Mexico.
We also buy local honey, really good.
There's nothing like fresh!
Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 9/9/2012 (15:34)
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